Safe haven from Hurricane Ingrid

In late September, Hurricane Ingrid prompted a fleet of 179 Mexican shrimp boats to request shelter in the port of Brownsville until it was safe to return to Mexican waters. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection crews boarded each of the vessels, taking account of crew numbers and any pollution concerns that could adversely effect the port. This process took approximately 18 hours.

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A boat crew from Coast Guard Station South Padre Island, Texas, escorts Mexican shrimp boats leaving the port of Brownsville after seeking shelter from Hurricane Ingrid. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
A boat crew from Coast Guard Station South Padre Island, Texas, escorts Mexican shrimp boats leaving the port of Brownsville after seeking shelter from Hurricane Ingrid. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A version of this story originally appeared at Coast Guard Heartland in a piece written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Lehmann.

In late September, Hurricane Ingrid prompted a fleet of 179 Mexican shrimp boats to request shelter in the port of Brownsville until it was safe to return to Mexican waters. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection crews boarded each of the vessels, taking account of crew numbers and any pollution concerns that could adversely effect the port. This process took approximately 18 hours.

“The opportunity to do this was a unique challenge but at the core at what the Coast Guard provides – safety of life at sea for all mariners.” said Lt. Joshua Sagers, commanding officer of Coast Guard Station South Padre Island.

On Sept. 17, half of the shrimp boat crews decided to return home and the same boat crews that had processed them upon their arrival were now tapped to escort them out. Watch this process take place in the video below.

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